Taylor Swift has unveiled a bonus folklore track, ‘the lakes’, now available for your listening pleasure. ‘the lakes’ was previously only available as a featured bonus track on the eight physical deluxe editions.
The track is the kind of whimsical, sweeping romance that Taylor Swift does so well. It’s a nod to the Romantics. “Take me to the lakes, where all the poets went to die” she sings in the chorus. A reference to the Lake Poets, the leaders of the Romantic Movement — William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey — who all lived in the Lake District of England.
Jack Antonoff’s luscious production takes us to this secret, sacred world. The perfect soundtrack to a world in which we’re all acting out our little cottagecore fantasies, desperate to escape the ugly, harsh reality that we’ve unwillingly found ourselves in.
It’s not all roses, in the opening verse Taylor bares her teeth. “I’m not cut out for all these cynical clones/These hunters with cellphone,” she sings. Elsewhere she maims at a “namedropping sleaze” who wants to “tell me what are my words worth,” perhaps a sly reference to William Wordsworth.
folklore arrived as a surprise album on July 24th. “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore,” she wrote at the time.
“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”